Automakers think they can do more with hydrogen fuel cells than power cars, including running military bases.
Hydrogen fuel is an attractive source for power generation, transportation, domestic and industrial applications because it is a clean energy option and hydrogen can be easily created through renewable energy such as natural gas, nuclear energy, biomass and solar and wind. Hydrogen fuel can be created through a number of methods, including electrolysis, natural gas improvement and solar processes.
GM Hydrotec rapid EV charger,
GM hopes the charging infrastructure can be expanded with fuel cell technology.
The fuel cell is a device that generates electricity through electrochemical action, not combustion. In the fuel cell,
Hydrogen fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen, creating nothing but exhaustingly clean water. By converting chemical energy stored in gases into electrical energy, energy can be used for electric drive motors, temporary storage batteries or various other end applications.
While automakers are pursuing fuel cell-powered cars, hydrogen fuel cells remain an established way to power zero-emission vehicles. General Motors thinks it works well. The company announced plans to expand its electrification strategy with its Hydrotech Fuel Cell brand.
GM wants to use its hydrotech technology to create hydrogen fuel cell generators for a variety of applications. Large mobile electric car charging station. The idea is to install a hydrotech generator to power EV chargers so the entire process creates zero emissions and the charger can move from place to place. Hydrogen burns in air, which produces nothing but water vapor. So it is a very clean, completely non-polluting fuel.
The company has also revealed plans to call the Empower Rapid Charger. This enables retail charging stations to add DC fast charging points without extending the electrical grid. The generator can handle charging four vehicles at the rate of 150 kilowatts.
GM plans to work with various partners to launch real-world testing of the app by the middle of this year. For EV drivers, there are tests with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for demonstrations. The California Energy Commission is also funding technology demonstrations. On the retail side, renewable innovations are collaborating with GM to bring Empower Rapid chargers to the US. Right now, the two plan to have 500 deployments nationwide by the end of 2025.
Automakers see hydrotech generators as a quiet and effective way to power military installations. GM and GM are in the process of designing a “palletized” version of the Defence Generator. The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Centre closely evaluates technology. The prototype produces 60 kW, 70% more than conventional diesel generators, and generates water as a by-product. GM said the water could be recycled into a military camp.
Fuel cell stacks are designed to last about 150,000–200,000 miles over the life of the vehicle. At the end of its lifespan, the fuel cell is dismantled and the things are recycled, which is what happens with vehicle components today.
Some of the notable companies that produce hydrogen fuel cells are FuelCell Energy, Inc. Bloom Energy Corporation, Linde PLC and Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
Popularity of Hydrogen Fuel Cells Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Motor Company, the leading automobile manufacturer, are actively involved in the production of electric vehicles using hydrogen fuel cells and the growing interest in luxury automobile manufacturers such as BMW. Vauxhall Motors and Land Rover are planning to release hydrogen-powered vehicles in the next five years.
Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining popularity as an energy source because they act as a battery, but do not need to be recharged until the fuel is supplied.